Yassah Mulbah joins our team as a full-time Health Case Manager working with Mary Kelso to support families in our Intensive Case Management Program. Growing up, her mother always encouraged her, saying “No matter how hard things are, you can always help. As long as you can help someone, do it.” That encouragement has led to a lifelong love of service. She studied rehabilitation counseling and anticipates completing her Masters in Social Work degree this year.
Before coming to MCC Refugee Services, Yassah worked as a case manager at a mental health clinic where she supported a large caseload of patients working across a broad spectrum of needs. Her work there involved a lot of advocacy for individuals because of the lingering stigmas surrounding mental illness. She has also worked with a non-profit providing employment search assistance.
Originally from West Africa, Yassah’s first language is English, but she also speaks Lorma (a Liberian language) and French. She came to South Dakota with her parents at age 10 and continues to have close family ties.
At MCC, Yassah provides holistic support for individuals and families with complex medical needs. That involves helping schedule doctor appointments and assisting individuals as they set up follow-up appointments and care. She also helps schedule rides for families going to appointments and back home and helps them access food shelves, education, medication, and anything else that will support their overall health. Knowing that she can help an individual do something that was previously a struggle brings Yassah joy and keeps her going every day.
Recent executive orders blocking and reducing refugee arrivals have significantly impacted our funding. We continue to welcome refugees and are committed to serving those who have already arrived with employment services, connection to health care and social services, and assistance with obtaining permanent residency and US citizenship. Please donate today to keep our services strong.
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The executive orders blocking refugee admissions and the subsequent legal challenges to those orders have continued to make news headlines and create uncertainty about refugee resettlement in the US. For updates on the situation, we recommend that you follow our national partner Episcopal Migration Ministries on Facebook.
In 2018, we welcomed a total of 209 refugees from 15 countries. We welcomed 17 new arrivals in March and are hoping to welcome 25 individuals this April. Our arrivals have been largely from Burma, Ethiopia, and DR Congo.